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Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change
telegraph.co.uk ^

Posted on 05/07/2012 5:21:06 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change

Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate, research suggests.

2:46AM BST 07 May 2012

Like huge cows, the mighty sauropods would have generated enormous quantities of methane.

Sauropods, recognisable by their long necks and tails, were widespread around 150 million years ago.

They included some of the largest animals to walk the Earth, such as Diplodocus, which measured 150 feet and weighed up to 45 tonnes.

Scientists believe that, just as in cows, methane-producing bacteria aided the digestion of sauropods by fermenting their plant food.

''A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate,'' said study leader Dr Dave Wilkinson, from Liverpool John Moores University.

''Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources - both natural and man-made - put together.''

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dinosaurs; passing; wind
Of course............
1 posted on 05/07/2012 5:21:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t all rotting vegetation create methane?

I’m thinking the same amount of methane is created whether a leaf is consumed or falls into the swamp.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 5:25:12 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

That’s about the size of it.

Then the methane decomposes into CO2 and water, and then the plants pull the CO2 out of the air.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 5:27:38 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This scientific report clearly misses the main culprit. The Greek playwright, Aristophanes, thousand of years ago described how mosquitoes fly by farting. I am almost sure of this, althought I did go to public school so somebody should check my accuracy. Granted, dinosaurs are big, and even an SBD (Silent But Deadly) emission would be catastrophic, but there were few dinosaurs. On the other hand, there have always been lots of mosquitoes, which you will know if you have been out enjoying the local “green space” created by your tax dollars. A trillion zillion gabillion (words a Democrat lives) gnat farts create more bad gas than all the Dinos that ever lived. So, lesson - don’t get in an elevator with a mosquito. When the fumes hit, he will never admit it was him, not you. Or is that “he”?


4 posted on 05/07/2012 5:31:04 AM PDT by kentramsay
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To: Sub-Driver

Climate Change parodies itself.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 5:31:36 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So...? Cattle are the megaherbivores of our day? Are we all going to die? Or do we get a warm, wet climate? Would that be bad? Draw your own conclusions.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 5:31:49 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Sub-Driver

Makes perfect sense to a moron like me
7 posted on 05/07/2012 5:33:10 AM PDT by Zakeet (Obama loves to wok dogs)
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To: Sub-Driver

Today we have over 6 billion people breaking wind so is that equivalent to a lesser number of dinosaurs?


8 posted on 05/07/2012 5:34:46 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Sub-Driver

Passing gas does cause the climate to become more volatile. Just last night, I passed gas under the covers. The climate was most hostile for a few moments and then was very cold the rest of the night.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 5:35:08 AM PDT by IamConservative (Shall I try and perhaps fail or shall I do nothing without fail?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Proof that the US does not have a lock on cushy 'research' scams.


10 posted on 05/07/2012 5:36:13 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ban beans and Mexican food!


11 posted on 05/07/2012 5:36:44 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: DuncanWaring
Dang, beat me to it.

You have to be smart AND fast to keep up in this forum.

Remember, the sauropod itself is sequestered CO2

12 posted on 05/07/2012 5:37:18 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: wolfman23601

Mexican food is an oxymoron.


13 posted on 05/07/2012 5:38:34 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Name “Mesozoic” changed to “Fartozoic.”


14 posted on 05/07/2012 5:39:05 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well they have to keep that grant money flowing in to maintain their lifestyle.......


15 posted on 05/07/2012 5:39:49 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: All

16 posted on 05/07/2012 5:43:34 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The diesels of their day


17 posted on 05/07/2012 5:49:44 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Sub-Driver
Some scientists are just plain brain dead.

Wonder how they fill out the grant money papers for this one.

And wonder how much they got to produce this bit of stupidity.

18 posted on 05/07/2012 5:50:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SampleMan
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t all rotting vegetation create methane?

It will release some methane but also that carbon/hydrogen will get released as CO2 and H2O.

The question would be process, digestion or open air decomposition release more methane?

19 posted on 05/07/2012 5:53:28 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Sub-Driver
Smells of elderberries ...


20 posted on 05/07/2012 5:54:25 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sub-Driver
The SUV prototype


21 posted on 05/07/2012 5:58:26 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Raycpa

to ALL-

very funny -...but

How can anyone keep a straight face with this “science?”

I cannot believe any scientist, in any discipline is

not laughing out loud- we are doomed.


22 posted on 05/07/2012 6:16:56 AM PDT by mj1234
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To: 6SJ7
''A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes ...

Apparently, climate change modeling software was used, albeit, by first doing a Search-and-replace for "climate change" for replacement by "dinosaurs"...

23 posted on 05/07/2012 6:18:00 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Sub-Driver

ALGORE passing wind is the big problem!


24 posted on 05/07/2012 6:52:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmmm, they caused much more “climate changing” gasses than we....and lasted millions and millions of years longer.

Seems to be a pattern there somewhere......


25 posted on 05/07/2012 6:55:24 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

And butterfly wings cause hurricanes. Sure.


26 posted on 05/07/2012 7:23:13 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: luvbach1

Maybe not. I’ll need to check with the “Bureau of Dinosaur Statistics” to verify the dino population.


27 posted on 05/07/2012 7:24:33 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Da Coyote

Excellent point. Do I have the cause & effect right?

Dinosaurs: Large CO2 Output —> Global vertebrate dominance for 135 Million Years.

Humans: Large CO2 Output —> Mass extinctions in a few decades.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 7:29:03 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Sub-Driver

But that methane and CO2 are the basic organic building blocks of life gets lost on those loonies. This is such a stupid argument, that something healthy and living is a generator of the very things it consumes and retains.


29 posted on 05/07/2012 7:30:24 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am going to the Museum of Natural History on Saturday, taking one more look at the Brontosaurus, and thanking my Creator that I was not around to smell that.


30 posted on 05/07/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

And then, dinosaures are not men. We can manufacture oxygen generators and other “oxygen farms”. By their logic a man managed submarine would not be workable.

Demoralist green leftists want to destroy all that. THey live in the tank of government restricted budget paranoia and of crime by incarceration murder and “hunger games” mindset.

Murder to power. End justifying the means.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Sub-Driver

The algoresaurus if the chief culprit.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 7:37:24 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: IamConservative
"The climate was most hostile for a few moments and then was
very cold the rest of the night."
that's b/c; your spouse threw yah outa bed & kick your (smelly) A$$
outside..even the dog moved away! :-D

33 posted on 05/07/2012 7:42:56 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me $hit; with different flie$". :^)
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To: Sub-Driver

Undoubtedly this argument will be used to buttress the current argument for AGW. One giant pseudo-scientific circle-jerk.

Sauropods like African elephants must have been pretty thin on the ground. Their ability to strip an area of vegetation is well known. So how many animals could a given area support. Answer — not many.


34 posted on 05/07/2012 8:23:59 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Zakeet

That picture looks like Al just generated a little methane, and is pretty proud of it.


35 posted on 05/07/2012 9:55:09 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Sub-Driver; windcliff

Smellasaurus Reeks?


36 posted on 05/07/2012 1:28:06 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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